Review: First Comes Desire by Tina Donahue

Print Length: 243 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Press (February 7, 2017)

From On a lush, secluded island, one passionate adventure leads to another….

Diana Fletcher means business. The beautiful, innocent, reverend’s daughter has traveled all the way to a tropical island off Madagascar on a mission: To find her brother—and to punish the man who drove him to a life of piracy. But when she comes face to face with the enemy in question, the handsome, powerfully seductive man is not at all what Diana expected…

Tristan Kent never intended to harm Diana’s brother. A man of humble origins, Tristan claims he tried to save him from another ruthless captain. Diana is desperate to believe he is telling the truth…and that the intoxicating desire that escalates between them is true as well. But can she trust him? Or is Tristan’s story—and his heart—nothing more than fool’s gold? Amid the haze of sensual delights and soaring ecstasy Tristan has in store for her, all will be revealed…


My Rating: 2 stars out of 5
There was so much potential for this story that I'm actually quite sad at the way it turned out. A spurned ex-mistress hell bent on revenge? A ruthless band of pirates looking for the person who wronged them? Reunited siblings? Why with all of these wonderful story-lines did the author spend more time focusing on Tristan and Diana having sex repeatedly than exploring one of those? Especially when Diana has taken the time to go to such lengths to save her brother as she did. Shouldn't we have gotten to see their relationship blossom? 
Anyone that knows me knows that sex doesn't bother me. When it is used to progress the story-line. And unfortunately this time it did not. In fact, Diana lost much of what made her a strong character by willfully bending to his will. In fact, I felt she completely lost her character and what made her likable by doing whatever, and I do mean whatever, Tristan wanted. 

Even when the story came to a head, with all the intriguing story-lines merging into one, I felt that it still fell short. There didn't seem to be any real punishment for anyone, and except for a mention or two here and there, the man who funded Diana's whole excursion, a man she promised herself to, isn't involved. I find it extremely hard to believe he wouldn't be out there searching, or at the very least have people out looking for her. 

Overall, I am sure this story may still appeal to those who enjoy a lot of steamy sexual scenes, however it just was not for me. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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